The US Intelligence Committee has released the second part of the report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, RIA Novosti reported.
The document confirms the findings of special prosecutor Robert Mueller that Russia did influence the election through social networks. The document includes accusations of the “Internet Research Agency”, against which charges were brought and criminal proceedings were instituted.
The Russian company was accused of attempts to decrease the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s victory and increase Donald Trump’s “at the Moscow request.” However, the Committee did not provide any clear evidence of the direct involvement by the Russian authorities.
The report described the agency’s activities as a “broader, sophisticated, and ongoing information warfare campaign designed to sow discord in American politics and society.”
A number of recommendations were made, based on the investigation findings. Social networks were advised to share their information with US government officials and private individuals more.
The committee also recommends Congress to consider a bill due to which the Americans will be aware of those who are behind online advertising on political issues, as it already works with advertising on TV, radio, and satellite channels.
The executive branch was encouraged to publicly declare the possibility and danger of involving foreign powers in the presidential election in 2020 in order to prevent it. Applicants should carefully check the content while publishing or reposting.
Earlier, Special Prosecutor Robert Muller indicted 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies in accords with conspiracy against the United States and tax fraud.
Mueller had been investigating the “illusory” Russian intervention in the election for two years. As a result, the investigation failed to provide evidence of interference by a foreign state, which the White House and the Kremlin denied.
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